October 3, 1923 - February 5, 2021
Never one to leave a party early, Frances Parish Calkins, passed from this world peacefully at the age of 97, on February 5, 2021. Fran lived her early years in Upper Montclair, NJ, graduating from Montclair High School and Averett College in Virginia as an art major. After World War 2 ended, she met her husband Bill and they began their married life together. They lived in the Philadelphia area and in Bucks County for many years where they raised their three daughters. A move to Ocean City, NJ introduced Fran to a love of the beach life and playing tennis, a sport she continued after moving to Moorestown, NJ. She also enjoyed frequent bridge games and loved getting good cards and to win. In Moorestown she did a lot of volunteer work for her church and local hospital and got involved in historical research. After Bill's death, Fran returned to Bucks County where she made many good friends in her community of Buckingham Springs and enjoyed living independently. Her last few months were spent in St. Augustine, Florida, still enjoying a few bridge games and looking out at the palm trees. A lifelong Episcopalian, Fran was a faithful member of the local churches wherever she lived, notably St. Luke's in Newtown, PA, Holy Trinity Church in Ocean City and Trinity in Moorestown. She also was a devoted lover of dogs, having many different breeds all her life and volunteered at animal shelters. Fran was predeceased by her husband, Willard Charles Calkins, Jr., her daughter Lee Hutt and her son-law, Thomas Hutt. She is survived by her daughters Anne Tuthill of Newbury, Massachusetts and Susan Smith of St. Augustine, Florida and Waynesville, North Carolina, their husbands Stuart Tuthill and Stephen Smith, grand children Jenifer Tuthill Larson and husband Kristian, Caroline Tuthill Slomski and husband Jacob, Bailey Calkins Tuthill and wife Rebecca, Juliet Smith Abruzzese and husband Drew, Madeline Smith Kelly and husband Patrick and Jason Hutt and wife Mindy. She also leaves her great grandchildren Riley, Owen, Claire, Violet, Jack, Grace, Edwin, Rose, Laurel, Samantha and Charlie Rose. Fran also leaves her great friend, Trish Radey with whom she shared many laughs and a host of other fine friends whom she cherished. Time to pour the champagne as another saint comes marching in. Funeral and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
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